Prague, Czech Republic
2002 - 2006 IPF Fellow
Jiri Schneider, a founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute, promotes open policymaking in the Czech Republic.
Promoting think tank development in transition contexts.
Jiri Schneider's IPF fellowship investigating new think tank developments assisted his move from the Czech Foreign Ministry to help establish the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), an independent think tank. Further information about his project is available on his personal website, as well as a recent article "Muslim Minorities and Czech Society" in the IPF book Islam and Tolerance in Wider Europe available at http://www.policy.hu/policyperspectives.
2005 - 2006: Effective think tanks and transparent lobbying
The objectives of the project are toincrease academic and public interest in role of think tanks and lobbying in the policy process in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe; create an alliance of watchdog programs advocating for increased transparency in the mediation of interests through setting legal rules or informal codes in lobbying benchmarked on existing models in the US and the EU; to build a strategic partnership with important donors to help guide corporate philanthropy into policy-related research in the Czech Republic; and write research and policy study with policy recommendations for relevant policymakers and think tanks.
2002 - 2003: The role of expert and advocacy bodies in the policymaking processes of Central European societies in transition
The objectives of this project are to analyze existing formal networks in policymaking processes in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic as well as informal networks (e.g. the Institutes of Public Affairs in Warsaw and Bratislava, NISPAcee in Bratislava, CEU in Budapest, non-governmental organizations); assess the relevance and impact of these networks and mechanisms in different areas of public policy; create a model for influential policy analysis and advice; prepare the groundwork for a private think tank to be established; and write a research and policy paper on the above-mentioned aspects of the public policy process to be presented to decision- and opinion-makers (politicians, members of parliament, political representatives on the regional level, journalists, the media) primarily in the Czech Republic but also in Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia.